Joshua 7:13 NIV “Go, consecrate the people. Tell them, ‘Consecrate yourselves in preparation for tomorrow; for this is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says: There are devoted things among you, Israel. You cannot stand against your enemies until you remove them.'”
While Joshua was leading Israel into the Promised Land, they were instructed to destroy every idol and everything that was devoted to the idolatry of the gentile nations. Also that which was precious and fit for the service to God was to be taken into the treasury of the Lord. When Israel had taken the city of Jericho, someone among the camp had stolen some of the items that were to be devoted to God and had hidden it in his tent. The result of this sin was that Israel was defeated in a battle that ordinarily would require no effort. Joshua knew something was obviously wrong, and he inquired of the Lord. When he did, it was found that Achan was the one had committed the sin, thereby jeopardizing the fate of Israel.
It is important that we examine ourselves to know if there is something against the will of God that we are trying to cover up. Whatever remains unresolved in our lives will end up costing us dearly as we encounter different situations in life. The commandments of God are not meant to burden us nor weigh us down, rather they are for our own benefit. We must learn to continually yield ourselves to the Spirit of God that we make walk in the light of God’s wisdom. We currently live in a dispensation of grace, not based on works. Hebrews 10:16 says, “This is the covenant I will make with them after that time, says the Lord. I will put my laws in their hearts, and I will write them on their minds.”
Let the Holy Spirit bring to your attention sin, unforgiveness, flaws in your character, attitudes, emotional weights etc that may be responsible for keeping you from becoming all that God intends for you to be. Until these are properly dealt with you will not be able to enjoy complete victory.
Scriptures to Meditate: Rom.12:1, Ps. 32:1-5; 139:23, 1 Joh.1:7-9, 1 Cor.13:2